Summer 2022

Unit 2: Op-Ed/Opinion Essay

(750-word minimum)


We have been thinking about issues that are important to us while also exploring the genre of the “Op-Ed,” which is also referred to as an opinion essay in The New Yok Times. In the Op-Eds we’ve read, the writers share their opinions and present arguments while backing up their points with evidence and credible sources.

For this assignment, you will write an Op-Ed that takes a position on an issue of your choice. Your Op-Ed must have a thesis and use research to support your position. Also, be sure to make reference to at least one counterargument you anticipate the other side having. Be sure to quote at least twice from your source(s).

Along with your Op-Ed essay, include an MLA Works Cited page (note: the Works Cited page is not part of the 750-word count minimum).

Here are the grading criteria for this project:

Your Op-Ed/Opinion Essay…

  • has a clear thesis.
  • uses sources, evidence, and details to back up your thesis.
  • quotes directly from your sources at least twice, uses the “quote sandwich” or a similar technique to integrate your quotes, and uses MLA style in-text citations.
  • includes a reference to the counterargument.
  • uses tone, language, grammar, and sentence structure appropriate for your genre, audience, and purpose.
  • has been carefully proofread.
  • meets the required word count: at least 750 words!
  • includes an MLA style Works Cited page.
  • has been submitted on time.


© 2023 ENG1121-OL12

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑